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Jürg Widmer Probst history of Guatemala

There’s no better way to discover the history of Guatemala than by visiting its museums

One of the most interesting countries you can visit, Guatemala has a rich cultural history. Home to the ancient Maya civilization, which reached its peak between 250AD and 900AD, the history of Guatemala has many twists and turns. The Mayan civilisation was already declining from its heady heights when the Europeans landed in the 14th century. And when the Spanish […]

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Find out about the Tz’utujil people of Guatemala

Guatemala may be a relatively small country, but it’s home to 24 different Mayan ethnic groups. Among these groups are the Tz’utujil people and together with the Ladinos, Zinca, Garifunas and many more, they make up the indigenous Native American people of the country. Around 100,000 Tz’utujil (also sometimes spelled Sutujil, Tzutuhil or Tzutujil) live in a region surrounding Lake […]

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5 inspiring women from Guatemala

Almost two-thirds of the population of Guatemala are indigenous people, but their achievements often get overlooked in historical canon. And for women from Guatemala the lack of recognition is even more significant. While there are some famous women from Guatemala, including Nobel prize winner Rigoberta Menchu, there are many more who have significantly changed history that you may not have […]

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Rough guide to Gautemala’s rivers

Guatemala’s rivers play a vital role in its landscape, culture and history, as well as fuelling the country’s economy from Mayan traders to modern tourism. Rivers also act as internal and external borders, playing a key role in the identity of the country and, crucially today, providing precious ecological niches for increasingly endangered wildlife. The origins of Guatemala’s rivers Guatemala’s […]

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7 Guatemalan museums you shouldn’t miss

Guatemala is famous for its spectacular scenery, sprawling jungles and Mayan ruins, but Guatemalan museums are also a fascinating and fun way to discover more about the country. From the relics of a dictatorial past to museums for children, chocolate lovers and rum aficionados, Guatemala has something to divert and entertain just about everybody.   Palacio Nacional The Palacio Nacional […]